The Situation Remains Bleak As Tyson Fury Vs Deontay Wilder 3 May Get Moved To February 2021!
Bob Arum, a renowned personality in the boxing world who has managed historical boxing figures like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray, Floyd Mayweather, Tyson fury and Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in moving the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder trilogy towards the start of February 2021. This because the COVID-19 pandemic will not allow fans to be in attendance for the bout.
The fight was initially set out to be executed on December 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately due to fears of no live gate, the bout is to be delayed till next year.
If the pandemic does not ease up by December, there is a high probability this match will take place at the start of February 2021.
THE ROLE OF FANS
The biggest reason this match is being delayed is because Arum wants fans in attendance. He is not the only one who feels that way. Both Fury and Wilder also want to clash when the arena is full of fans.
Let’s be honest here for a minute. Who likes to watch major match-ups while sitting on a couch when you have the opportunity to attend the event? There is noting better than feeling the energetic atmosphere while viewing live in the arena.
THE RACE FOR A COVID VACCINE
The situation of a dependable vaccine to cure the virus is less than positive. Medical experts and scientists all over the world are still struggling to develop one. It is just not feasible to accommodate a large number of people under one roof for a sports match.
Also, doing so may violate Government guidelines and may even result in severe consequences and sanctions. In light of this possibility, it is being deemed as the best option to wait until the situation gets under control and fans can be allowed into the arena. Not only this but even if a vaccine is miraculously developed, it is unrealistic that the people will get it by February to allow crowds in sporting arenas at that time.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR DILLIAN WHYTE?
The president of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Mauricio Sulaiman has recently confirmed the winner of the Fury vs Wilder 3 will defend their title against the winner of Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin.
It seems like the WBC champion is getting impatient waiting on the next move to finalize the trilogy and hinted at taking on the next challenge. As expressed in a recent social media post.
However, Povetkin was able to upset the apple cart with a fifth round stoppage of Whyte on August 22. Will he replace Wilder if negotiations fall through? Many fans will be disappointed as there is not much interest in seeing a Fury face a 40 year-old Povetkin.
This is a very unlikely scenario. Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn will activate a clause for an immediate rematch with Povetkin. If the British bruiser is able to get his revenge, he will be able to claim his #1 spot in the WBC rankings.
This means that both Povetkin and Whyte are “occupied” for the time being.